The museum is based on the private collection of pinball machines by Alexander Kazmin. Since 2015, Alexander has been collecting and restoring pinball machines all over Russia. When the number of machines in the collection reached 20, he decided to open a small private museum. It first opened in early 2018 in a small and cozy building of 109 sq.m. in Sokolniki Park. At the beginning of 2019, the Pinball Museum exhibition area tripled as it moved to a large space under the Krymsky Bridge, between the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure and the Muzeon Park of Arts. By that time, the collection had grown to more than 40 machines.
The pinball machine is the first slot machine and is of interest to collectors, as any vintage artifact made with great attention to detail and easily recognizable style. The mission of the museum is to preserve pinball machines and other arcades as cultural objects of the past years, but it also plays an educational role. A wide variety of machines from different times, presented in the museum, tells the history of arcades before the advent of modern computers and game consoles in an interactive mode.
The Pinball Museum collection consists of more than 50 items related to the invention and development of slot machines from the 1840s to the 2000s.